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What is land tenure security and how can it be strengthened?

Philippe Lavigne-Delville | "Land Tenure and Development"Technical Committee | 2017 |
What is land tenure security and how can it be strengthened?

Tenure insecurity has been a major theme in land policy debates since the 1990s. However, it is often unclear what the term actually means. Security should not be confused with formalised or legalised rights or private ownership.

Secure tenure means that land right holders can rest assured that their land rights (whatever they are) will not be contested, and that they will be confirmed by the authorities if they are challenged.  Therefore, this is primarily an institutional matter.

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